George Washington's World sets American history into a world-wide context through short, beautifully written stories that explain what was going on during the main portions of Washington's life. When George was a young man, Benjamin Franklin was the most well-known American, Louis XV was on the throne of France, and George II was king of England. James Cook was sent by the Royal Society of London to Tahiti where their team of astronomers might observe a total eclipse of the sun and thereby accurately measure the distance between the earth and the sun. Learn about these and other historical events and people in this Newbery Honor Book of 1940. Prolifically illustrated with intriguing line drawings and detailed timelines. 355 pages, softcover. 4th-8th Grade.